TRANSFORMING HEALTH CARE IN HAITI
Haiti is overcome with a multitude of problems that ranges from a corrupt government to intense poverty to no health care system. When the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, it further devastated the struggling country. Diseases were spread, lives were lost, and few medical facilities were left standing with skilled physicians and nurses that could provide adequate care for the suffering people.
Today, Haiti still lacks a health care infrastructure. In larger cities, you can find a medical facility, but they are frequently staffed with poorly-trained medical staff, equipment and treatment plans. In Thomazeau, most locals cannot afford medical care even if it’s an emergency situation – with no insurance plans or savings, they were often left to suffer or die without any medical attention before LiveBeyond established a permanent presence in the community.
We’re currently building the first operative hospital in Thomazeau, which will include four surgical suites, an OB/GYN hospital and an in-patient hospital. Americans doctors come to LiveBeyond's medical clinic on a monthly basis to serve on a medical mission week to provide the community with basic medical care, where more than 10,000 locals have been treated. Once the hospital is completed, 200,000 people in the region will have access to preventive care, health care check-ups and treatments, and many other services to improve their dire situation.
The majority of people in Thomazeau are barely hanging onto their life. We believe that we are called to care for these people, not just care about them. By healing people’s physical needs, we are striving to bring the Kingdom of God to Haiti to restore their physical, spiritual and emotional health.